State Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis continued his cabinet re-election fundraising in November, raising nearly $400,000 for his unopposed election.
Patronis raised $199,675 for his campaign account and $193,530 for his Treasure Florida political committee, according to finance reports. As of Nov. 30, he had roughly $399,000 in cash on hand in his campaign account and about $2.86 million on hand with the committee. Patronis’ largest donor is Charter Communications, giving $25,000 to the former state representative.
Florida’s CFO election is set to take place on November 8th, 2022, and currently has no official candidates who have thrown their hat in the ring, though Patronis’ announcement to run as the incumbent is expected to come in the approaching months.
Patronis has served as Florida’s CFO since his appointment by former Governor Rick Scott in 2017 before winning a full term in 2018 over Democrat competitor Jeremy Ring, receiving just under 52 percent of the vote.
Patronis recently announced the installation of two new fraud investigation squads based in Tampa and Orlando in order to work in conjunction with federal, state, and local partners to investigate property insurance fraud.
“Every year as CFO, I’ve worked to protect Florida consumers and combat rising insurance rates in our state. Whether it’s tackling AOB abuse, curbing post-disaster fraud, or stopping unscrupulous contractors, eliminating fraud is key to keeping insurance costs in check,” Patronis said regarding the fraud teams. “Since I took office, our fraud unit has made more than 4,500 fraud and arson-related arrests. These efforts have resulted in a total of more than $173 million in court-ordered restitution.”
Patronis also serves as State Fire Marshal, where he manages and enforces fire safety laws throughout various administrative regions in Florida.
Highlights under Patronis’ administration include the return of millions of dollars in unclaimed property, support of law enforcement, insurance fraud investigation, and steps taken to protect consumers.